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Biodiversity:

The rich variety of life on Earth has always had to deal with a changing climate. The need to adapt to new patterns of temperature and rainfall has been a major influence on evolutionary changes that produced the plant and animal species we see today. Climate change will alter the world’s habitats and ecosystems. Climate change will alter the fragile ecosystems of the Himalayas. As it warms up, vegetation and wildlife will move to higher altitudes. This change will upset the ecosystem balance and seriously endanger the survival of many plant and animal species. There are several reasons why plants and animals are less able to adapt to the current phase of global warming. Rapid climate change will not give plants and animals enough time to adapt to the new situations. Biodiversity loss, besides the immediate impact on species, will affect the health, wellbeing and livelihoods of the people who rely on such resources. Climate change may pose serious threats to the biological diversity of the planet, and is projected to become an increasingly important driver of change in the coming decades. Pollution from nutrients such as nitrogen, the introduction of alien invasive species and the over-harvesting of wild animals through hunting or fishing can all reduce the resilience of ecosystems, and thus the likelihood that they will adapt naturally to climate change.

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